Mandy Gonzalez Joins WICKED as Elphaba March 23

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Finally!
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Good for her!
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Worst kept secret ever. About time they finally announced it.

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Where is Mina3? She insisted a country singer would be the next Elphaba.
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So excited!!!
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Yes, where is good old Mina3 who insisted repeatedly her "very reliable source" told her it would be Jennifer Nettles?
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I said this like five years ago.... glad it's happening. She will be great!
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Good for her. I hoped she would have moved on to something with a bit more substance than Wicked, but at least they've stopped recycling cast members.
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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH WHAT!?!?!??! I've been waiting for this to happen FOREVER !!!!!! I gotta get a ticket just to see her!!! OMG....like her "Defying Gravity" is going to be AAAAMMAAAZZING!!!! Her vocals were awesome in Dance of The Vampires !!!!
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I can't wait to see her video blogs. I wonder if Andy Karl will appear in one of them since he is "OZ BLOG!!" -ing with Broadway.com
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I can't even imagine what Jennifer Nettles would be like in the role of Elphaba.

Love her but she is country as hell!
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My friend who works in the wigs dept said he's excited mostly about this new casting because finally the leads will be back into height order. Glinda just a hair shorter than Elphaba and Fiyero just a hair taller than Elphaba. Mandy will rock.
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Actually, this is quite early for a press release, Wicked usually waits until 2 weeks prior (as the case with Stephanie/Annaleigh, Nicole/Alli and Dee) but still happy it's finally "official!"
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Mandy singing the Wizard and I:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jonzW6Qa1lc

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I'm right here. First of all, I never, ever said a name. I did agree with another poster who said it would be a country singer, and it looks like my information was wrong. I didn't get it (nor did I say I got it) from a "very reliable source," I saw tangible written proof with my own eyes. I had information that turned out to be wrong, and I'm not going to beat myself up about it. Feel free to vilify me all you want - I honestly couldn't care less. I wasn't trying to mess with anyone, and I've certainly learned my lesson about talking casting before there's an official announcement.

Anyone else need to take a shot at me?

Now that all that nonsense is (hopefully) out of the way, best of luck to Mandy. I'm sure she'll be great and hopefully I'll have a chance to see her in the role.
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YES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally !
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She sounds incredible in those clips! I hope she sings this score healthily without it tearing apart her voice. She has such a wonderful voice, I don't want anything to happen to it!
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Yay! Congrats to her! I saw her in Inthe Heights and she was just absolutely amazing. Hopefully I can see her before her contract is up!
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This is so exciting! I bought my tickets for the end of April a couple months ago and have been hoping that they would have cast someone new before i see it (nothing against Dee I just wanted a change)! I'm glad its Mandy! I saw her in In the Heights and she blew me away! I am definitely looking forward to this even more now! :)
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I just love mina3's response! Also happy about Mandy and hope I get to see her in the durn thing.